19 September 2013 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Plowing the same ground ABC did with “The Nine,” “Lucky 7” represents the network’s latest take on an ensemble soap, here built around the age-old question, “How would money change your life?” Drawing additional inspiration from the movie “If I Had a Million” and anthology series “The Millionaire,” the show about workplace lottery winners almost immediately lurches into melodrama, spinning off multiple plot threads but few that seem worth following. Granted, the odds against succeeding in primetime aren’t quite as long as Powerball, but the show will still need plenty of lucky breaks to prevent its number from being up sooner rather than later.

The lucky septet all work at Gold Star Auto Repair Shop in Queens, including the behind-the-counter sales staff and working stiffs fixing cars. In a way, the most interesting subplot involves one of the mechanics, Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos), who wound up not contributing to his colleagues’ lottery pool, »


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